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Grouping by Regularity and the perception of illumination.
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PMID:  21549740     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The purpose of this work is to describe how the visual system groups surfaces of unequal lightness under complex patterns of illumination. We propose that the Gestalt principle of Grouping by Regularity explains this process better than the more often cited principle of Grouping by Similarity. In our first experiment we demonstrate that in a perceptual organization task, pitting proximity against illumination gradients, discounting the illuminant was contingent upon the periodicity of the illuminant. Traditional theories of lightness constancy and discounting the illuminant (Rock, Nijhawan, Palmer, & Tudor, 1992) cannot account for such effects. Three more experiments show that grouping is affected more by local luminance ratios than constant reflectance ratios. We conclude from these findings that Grouping by Regularity is a powerful grouping principle that operates pre-constancy.
Martin van den Berg; Michael Kubovy; James A Schirillo
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-5646     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-5-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
The University of Virginia, United States.
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